Wednesday, May 20, 2009
There were 15 candidates on the ballot for 5 seats on Allegheny County Common Pleas Court. 10 of the 15 were cross-filed and appeared on both the Democratic and Republican ballots. 3 of the 10 won nominations from both parties: Magesterial District Judge Susan Evashavik DiLucente, attorney Phillip Ignelzi and attorney Arnie Klein. Common Pleas Judge Joe Williams, who was appointed to the court last November, and State Representative Dona Walko of Pittsburgh won the 2 other Democratic nominations. Republicans nominated attorney Alex Bicket and attorney Michele Zappala Peck, daughter of former State Supreme Court Justice Stephen Zappala and sister of Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala, Jr. That means 7 candidates will battle it out for the 5 vacancies on Common Pleas Court in the November General Election.